Lot 1105
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DONG QICHANG 1555-1636 | RUAN JI'S ESSAY AND EXCERPT FROM ZHAO ZHI'S ESSAY IN RUNNING SCRIPT

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60,000 - 80,000 USD
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Description

  • RUAN JI'S ESSAY AND EXCERPT FROM ZHAO ZHI'S ESSAY IN RUNNING SCRIPT
  • ink on paper, handscroll
  • 24.5 by 210.5 cm. 9 5/8  by 82 7/8  in. 
signed Qichang, with two seals of the artist, tai shi shi, dong qi chang  Colophon by Yang Daosheng (19th century), signed Yang Daosheng, dated renyin of the Daoguang reign (1842), the sixth lunar month, with a dedicaiton to Cheng Zhihua (active early 19th century) and two seals, dao sheng si yin, ren fu With three collectors' seals of the Chew family, qiu yong he jian shang zhang, wu zhong ying yin, qiu fu lun cang huawith two collector's seals of Cheng Zhihua, luo shang shen ding, bai yue cheng zhi hua kao cang jin shi shu hua yin

Catalogue Note

Artist's inscription:
Whenever I see Yan Pingyuan's [Yan Zhenqing] calligraphic works such as Lupu, I think Yu [Shinan] and Chu [Suiliang] were too constrained by method. Copying him with a chicken-feather brush, I almost obtain his formal likeness. After the Yuan dynasty, nobody else has achieved Yan's secrets.

Yang Daosheng's colophon:
In my life, I have copied the calligraphic works by dozens of Jin- and Tang-period masters, but they total no more than thirty-thousand characters. Siweng [Dong Qichang] is the only calligrapher whose works I have copied countless times, partly because I like them. Because authentic works by him are few, I have had to borrow them from friends, who make me return the works soon because they treasure them. I remember Xu Yunian saying to me, "When copying an inscription in stone, one cannot understand its spirit without obtaining the original." I am deeply mindful of these words, but ultimately I am helpless about acquiring [Dong Qichang's original works].

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